GreenTransitions Building, Land & Homesites ResourcesClick here for steps you can take in your home to reduce your energy costs (and footprint) now.
Building Technologies & Resources:
Green Home Building -- Sustainable architecture and natural building.
Green Builder -- Sustainable Sourcebook.
Building Material Energy Content -- What building material takes the least energy to manufacture? (building material's embodied energy)
Rastra.com -- the original Rastra
Earth Friendy Building Materials -- Preform wall panel system
Eco-Block -- Insulated Concrete Forms.
Thermo Shelter -- Stressed metal over EPS buildings
Davis Caves-- Earth-Sheltered Home Construction.
Earth Sheltered Technology, Inc.
Earth Shelter Resources -- Malcom Well's site.
FerroCement Network -- Paul Sarnstrom's Ferrocement network
FerroCement Construction -- Garrett Connelly's Ferrocement site with examples and photos
International Thin Shell Association
The Last Straw -- Resources for strawbale and natural building
Strawbale Central -- Natural Building Resources
Totally Solar-Heated House
The Yurt People
Your Home Planet -- Environmental Building Design and Construction Portal.
ADPSR -- Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility.
Berkeley's Green Resources Center -- Look at the materials reference especially!
The Natural Home -- Advice, with drawings; consultations available.
Water / Wells / Waste Water Management:
Well Construction Guidelines
USGS Groundwater Resources
Penngrove / Groundwater Resource Links
Carol Steinfeld -- Composting toilet Diva!
ClivusMultrum -- The original composting toilet
Aquatron -- The Swedish Aquatron waste separation system (allows conventional low-flow and separation of waste storage/treatment)
Caring for the Land:
Keyline Designs -- Ken Yeoman's quintessential Keyline work.
Finding Your Way:
Click here for some for considerations if you are thinking about buying land and starting your own homestead.
TerraServer -- A unique resource in topographic and aerial imagery of anywhere in the US.
TopoZone -- Topographic maps of the US.
Delorme Map Products -- Great topographical-based state maps and more.
Solar PathFinder -- Must-have tool for solar site analysis.
Land Buying Tips -- An excerpt from the book "Back to the Farm" on buying rural property (good points to keep in mind!).
Carla Emery's 'Encyclopedia of Country Living -- A 'must-have' for any homesteader!
You may also wish to read the book Living the Good Life (60 years of Self-sufficient Living) by Helen and Scott Nearing -- much of their reason for homesteading in the late 1920s are becoming issues again today...
1st Priority Financing (Ukiah, CA [USA]) -- Terry Phenicie specializes in off-the-grid and alternative building financing nationwide!
Permaculture Institute of Northern California
Solar Living Institute
Cob Cottage Company
Earthwood Building School
FoxMaple School of Traditional Building
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Books, Publications & On-line Resources:
Dirt Cheap Builder -- Good book/guide source for building.
Chelsea Green Booksellers -- Another good book/guide source, this one for sustainable living.
Home Power Magazine
Mother Earth News
Idaho Freedom -- Independent living and homesteading resources.
Journey to Forever / Handmade Projects
Society of Primitive Technology
Architecture / Homestead Sites:
FrankelSalisbury Family Homestead -- Cast Earth.
Cast Earth -- Other Cast Earth homes linked here.
Redwood Forest Institute -- Click on the link to Charles Bello's house designs
Forestier's Hand-dug House in Fresno
Passive Annual Heat Storage Home
EarthShip -- Earthship Biotecture (explore the 'systems' page!)
líhabitat lovagien -- Antti Lovag's designs that meld into nature (Maritime Alps of France)
Ferro Cement Designs -- Gaudi would be proud!
Flying Concrete -- Steve Kornher lightweight concrete designs
GreenHomeBuilding / PumiceCrete -- more Steve Kornher work!
CloudHidden Design -- Jim Kaslik thin shell construction & consulting
Lloyd Turner's Thin shell home
Bill Lishman's underground Home
Liquefaction -- The Underground home site.
Ferro Water Tanks -- Look further into the links for Peter's design work
Cal-Earth -- Nader Khalili's work with coiled adobe, etc.
Green Home Building
James Hubbell's Site
Arcosanti -- A laboratory of the urban future headed by architect Paolo Soleri.
Tumbleweed Houses -- For something different!
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